Mild temperatures in the upper twenties brought a nice collection of winter commuters out to the La Crosse Bike Winter Fashion Show on January 16th. The generous donation of a $1 off any drink from the Root Note made the night especially cozy.
Riders came ready to show not only what they wore to the event, when the temperature was in the twenties, but also toted a variety of gloves, sweaters, jackets, and socks. Everyone was ready to describe the best gear to make it through the coldest days; ten degrees, zero, ten and twenty below zero.
Wool was a very common layer. Many riders also talked about the perfect balaclava to keep covered. Almost everyone had a pair of rain pants to keep the moisture and the wind out. We saw some of the more traditional helmet covers and goggles, but the ideas that really caught my attention were those focused on reusing; a helmet lined with newspaper to keep the cold air out, wool socks converted to mittens, and an extra large pair of jeans used as an extra layer.
It will take more than a polar vortex to keep bicycle commuters home in La Crosse. I look forward to watching their miles add up during the Winter Bike Challenge.
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